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Book Two: The Gardella Vampire Hunters

Rises The Night

The glorious nineteenth-century city of Rome gives rise to a new threat from the Immortal Undead…

Victoria Gardella has been a vampire slayer for just over a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand.

As Victoria races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced, she is accompanied by the unlikely Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy. But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator – and as a woman.



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Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has been a vampire slayer for a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand. She has learned brutal and heart-breaking lessons about the sacrifices that must be made in order to save humanity from the evil that preys upon it. Now, in Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. As Victoria races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced, her unlikely companion is Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy. But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a vampire hunter - and as a woman.

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Format: Unabridged | Narrator: Claire Morgan | Time: 11h 29m


Behind The Story

When I started researching vampires and vampire mythology, I learned to my surprise that not only are there vampire myths found in every culture in the world, but that our stereotypical vampire – the mysterious aristocrat who bites the necks of his victims – is a relatively new take on the myth and was first presented in The Vampyre.

The premise of The Vampyre was actually conceived by Lord Byron during a rainy summer in Switzerland. He and John Polidori, who was his private physician at the time, spent some time with Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife, Mary, and it was during one evening in Geneva that Mary Shelley proposed a challenge: that they each write a horror novel.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was the result of that contest, but also during that time, Byron started writing what was to become The Vampyre. He later became bored with it and Polidori asked if he could take the idea and write it himself, and Byron agreed. Interestingly enough, the main character of Polidori's story, the vampire Lord Ruthven, is believed to have been based on Byron himself.

At any rate, as I was researching all of these interesting tidbits, I learned that John Polidori's death – which occurred in 1821, only a few years after the publication of The Vampyre – was considered rather mysterious, and that in fact, there were various stories of the cause of death. Some said he was poisoned. Others said he ingested something purposely. One account even said he died in an accident (but that proved to be incorrect).

So I decided that he must have died because he knew too much about vampires, and to their dismay, he shared their secrets with the world! And that was the germ of the story for Rises the Night.


Reviews

"With its wonderfully witty writing, action-infused plot and sharply defined characters, "Rises the Night," the second in Colleen Gleason's irresistible Regency historical paranormal series, is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining."

– The Chicago Tribune

"A tense plot line and refreshingly diverse supporting characters complete the package, giving series fans plenty to sink their teeth into--and plenty more to look forward to."

– Publishers Weekly

"... Heart-stopping scenes and sexual tension. With numerous twists, she leaves you hanging, eagerly awaiting the next installment.

– Kathe Robin, Romantic Times


The Details

Published: June 2007
ISBN-13: 9781931419529
ASIN: B00NMVDO9I

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